Fargo Office

Murrieta Office

ABOUT US

PASSION. EXPERIENCE. DILIGENCE.

PROBLEM SOLVERS, CREATING SOLUTIONS FOR CLIENTS

Fargo Patent & Business Law, PLLC was formed to help you turn your great ideas into protected assets. All of our attorneys have spent time both in the business sector and in the legal sector. This type of experience is unique in the legal services industry.

Fargo Patent & Business Law, PLLC is here to provide business solutions and not more problems. We have been in business and understand the immense impact of legal issues and disputes. This is why we focus our efforts on solving problems. It is no fun involving an attorney, so we strive to provide pragmatic out-of-the-box solutions.

We offer free consultations to walk you through your needs, the scope of your goals, and your budget.

 

HISTORY OF FARGO PATENT & BUSINESS LAW, PLLC.

Tom Kading founded the law firm because he believed attorneys should have experience both in business and law. Especially attorneys who advise businesses on how to solve problems. We have worked hard to lay a strong foundation for innovative businesses. Our core focus is protecting intellectual property for our client’s success.

Tom Kading

Tom Kading

PATENT ATTORNEY

Tom Kading has been involved in the entrepreneurial community in the North Dakota-Minnesota area for nearly ten years. At heart, Kading is an entrepreneur participating in many successful start-up ventures.

Kading has been involved in numerous legal transactions and resolutions. He found that many attorneys struggle to bridge the gap between the needs of business and the advice attorneys provide.  

When Kading sold his business interests, he was inspired to start a law firm that offered valuable solutions for inventors, investors, and entrepreneurs.  

With an extensive list of subject matter experience, Tom Kading alongside his team at Fargo Patent & Business Law, PLLC, are here to help you navigate every step of the process.

EDUCATION

UNIVERSITY OF NORTH DAKOTA
Juris Doctor, 2013
Masters in Business Administration, 2013

NORTH DAKOTA STATE UNIVERSITY
B.S., Civil Engineering

EXPERIENCE
  • Business Law
  • Intellectual Property Law
  • Construction Law
  • Real Estate Law
  • Business Structure Planning
  • Client Fund Oversight
  • Technology Applications
  • Dispute Resolution
  • Engineering Review
  • Investor Management
  • Strategy Determination
  • In-House Counsel for an investment business
  • In-House Counsel for an industrial processing business
  • Served on Board of Trustees for a Real Estate Investment Trust
  • North Dakota District 45 State Representative, Fargo, ND
Bar Admissions
  • North Dakota State Bar
  • United States Patent and Trademark Office
  • United States District Court of North Dakota
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

Activities & Affiliations
  • ND State Representative District 45 (2014-Current)
  • Be More Colorful Advisory Board
  • NDSU Research Foundation Technology Committee Meeting
  • QR Posts Member
  • Salem Church Member

Joseph A. Wetch, Jr. is a problem solver and trial lawyer, who has been active in helping clients with their disputes for over twenty years, and has enjoyed great success during this time. He has experience helping people in difficult situations, both in and out of court. Joseph represents clients in all state and federal courts in North Dakota, South Dakota and Minnesota.  He has also represented clients in arbitrations, mediations and before administrative agencies. He possesses an exceptional ability to evaluate problems from both a strategic legal and business perspective to bring pragmatic solutions to complex legal issues.  His vision is to find the best solution for the client given the circumstances, and by collaborating with stakeholders, he can bring about cost-effective results.

EDUCATION

UNIVERSITY OF NORTH DAKOTA
Juris Doctor, 2001

University of North Dakota
B. A., Political Science

Experience
  • Administrative Actions
  • Arbitrations
  • Aviation Law and Transaction
  • Business Law
  • Class Actions
  • Construction Law
  • Commercial litigation including such things as contracts, trade secrets, non-compete clauses, non-disclosure agreements, banking litigation, oil and gas claims, mineral interests claims
  • Insurance Litigation
  • Negligence and Personal Injury
  • Professional Disciplinary Action Defenses
  • Profession Negligence Defense and Administrative Claims
  • School and Education Law, including such things as advising school districts, teachers and parents on issues surrounding education, policy creation, court appearances, enforcement or school and district rights, legal and administrative claims, and custody and parental rights claims
  • Subrogation Claims, meaning the enforcement of rights of a third-party
  • Third-Party Claims
Bar Admissions
  • North Dakota State Bar
  • Minnesota State Bar
  • South Dakota State Bar
  • United States District Court of North Dakota
  • United States District Court of Minnesota
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
Activities & Affiliations
  • American Law Institute (Restatement of Laws)
  • State Bar Associated of North Dakota – President 2015 – 2016
  • American Bar Foundation
  • American Bar Association
  • Cass County Bar Association
  • American Association for Justice
  • Lawyer-Pilot Bar Association
  • Aircraft Owners and Pilot Association
  • International Air & Transportation Safety Bar Association
  • Aviation and Space Committee of the American Bar Association
Joseph a. Wetch, JR.

Joseph a. Wetch, JR.

Litigation Attorney

Joseph a. Wetch, JR.

Joseph a. Wetch, JR.

Litigation Attorney

Joseph A. Wetch, Jr. is a problem solver and trial lawyer, who has been active in helping clients with their disputes for over twenty years, and has enjoyed great success during this time. He has experience helping people in difficult situations, both in and out of court. Joseph represents clients in all state and federal courts in North Dakota, South Dakota and Minnesota.  He has also represented clients in arbitrations, mediations and before administrative agencies. He possesses an exceptional ability to evaluate problems from both a strategic legal and business perspective to bring pragmatic solutions to complex legal issues.  His vision is to find the best solution for the client given the circumstances, and by collaborating with stakeholders, he can bring about cost-effective results.

EDUCATION

UNIVERSITY OF NORTH DAKOTA
Juris Doctor, 2013

University of North Dakota
B. A., Political Science

Experience
  • Administrative Actions
  • Arbitrations
  • Aviation Law and Transaction
  • Business Law
  • Class Actions
  • Construction Law
  • Commercial litigation including such things as contracts, trade secrets, non-compete clauses, non-disclosure agreements, banking litigation, oil and gas claims, mineral interests claims
  • Insurance Litigation
  • Negligence and Personal Injury
  • Professional Disciplinary Action Defenses
  • Profession Negligence Defense and Administrative Claims
  • School and Education Law, including such things as advising school districts, teachers and parents on issues surrounding education, policy creation, court appearances, enforcement or school and district rights, legal and administrative claims, and custody and parental rights claims
  • Subrogation Claims, meaning the enforcement of rights of a third-party
  • Third-Party Claims
Bar Admissions
  • North Dakota State Bar
  • Minnesota State Bar
  • South Dakota State Bar
  • United States District Court of North Dakota
  • United States District Court of Minnesota
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
Activities & Affiliations
  • American Law Institute (Restatement of Laws)
  • State Bar Associated of North Dakota – President 2015 – 2016
  • American Bar Foundation
  • American Bar Association
  • Cass County Bar Association
  • American Association for Justice
  • Lawyer-Pilot Bar Association
  • Aircraft Owners and Pilot Association
  • International Air & Transportation Safety Bar Association
  • Aviation and Space Committee of the American Bar Association
Martin Vu

Martin Vu

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY ATTORNEY

Martin is a California Licensed Attorney, California Real Estate Broker, and has over 18 years of utility operations and supervisory experience for Fortune 200 energy utility clients, training institutes, and government regulating bodies. This experience spans across interdisciplinary competencies comprising of energy engineering, law, regulated utilities, small business, real estate, consumer protection, and higher education. Martin serves as one of California’s energy efficiency professional experts who has extensive knowledge of California’s energy markets, regulations, and industry trends.

Martin also sits on the National Small Business Association (NSBA) Leadership Council where he represents his congressional district as a point of contact to oversee issues relating to regulatory reform and issues related to energy and the environment including energy costs, the Clean Air Act, fostering clean technology, and promoting high-technology businesses. Martin has a proven record of guiding and bringing to market new and emerging technologies that thoughtfully balance innovative growth opportunities with consumer ratepayer protection mandates.

 He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Electronics and Computer Engineering Technology and his MBA from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. Martin also obtained his Project Management Professional (PMP) certification from the University of California, Irvine, is a Certified Water Efficiency Professional, and completed his Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree from Trinity Law School.

EDUCATION

TRINITY LAW SCHOOL
Juris Doctor (J.D.) Degree

UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, IRVINE
Project Management Professional (PMP) Certification

CALIFORNIA STATE POLYTECHNIC UNIVERSITY, POMONA
B.S., Electronics and Computer Engineering Technology

Masters in Business Administration
EXPERIENCE
  • Small Business Entrepreneur
  • Ratepayer Consumer Protection
  • Higher Education
  • Energy Engineering
  • Real Estate
  • Regulated Utilities and Energy Markets
ACTIVITIES & AFFILIATIONS
  • California Lawyers Association
  • National Small Business Association Leadership Council
  • California Association of Realtors (License #: 01854101)
  • Project Management Institute (Certification #: 1524818)
  • California Technical Forum (CalTF) Member
  • California Energy Alliance (CEA) Member
  • Illuminating Engineering Society (IES) Member
  • Association of Energy Service Providers
  • Association of Energy Engineers (Certification #: 43)

Austan L. W. Wellman is a proactive lawyer, who has experience in helping ambitious and innovative clients properly plan for their business’s future. He has experience working with a wide range of clients, both individuals, and well-established companies in various industries. His vision is to provide all clients with the advice and knowledge necessary to navigate their business in a proactive manner that reduces exposure to liability. He possesses an exceptional ability to analyze a client’s needs and collaborate with them to find effective solutions. Austan is a born-and-raised North Dakotan, whose goal is to give back to the communities and people that have given him so much.

EDUCATION

UNIVERSITY OF NORTH DAKOTA
Juris Doctor + Aviation Law Certificate, 2020

NORTH DAKOTA STATE UNIVERSITY
B. A., Political Science

Experience
  • Aviation Law with a focus on Unmanned Aircraft System regulations
  • Business Entity Formation & Planning
  • Business Law
  • Financial Institution Law & Legislation
  • Probate
  • Real Estate Law
  • Secured Transactions
  • Trusts & Estate Planning
  • Trademarks
  • Trade Secrets
Bar Admissions
  • North Dakota State Bar
Activities & Affiliations
  • Big Muddy Bar Association
Austan L. W. WeLlman

Austan L. W. WeLlman

transactional Attorney

Austan L. W. Wellman

Austan L. W. Wellman

TRANSACTIONAL Attorney

Austan L. W. Wellman is a proactive lawyer, who has experience in helping ambitious and innovative clients properly plan for their business’s future. He has experience working with a wide range of clients, both individuals, and well-established companies in various industries. His vision is to provide all clients with the advice and knowledge necessary to navigate their business in a proactive manner that reduces exposure to liability. He possesses an exceptional ability to analyze a client’s needs and collaborate with them to find effective solutions. Austan is a born-and-raised North Dakotan, whose goal is to give back to the communities and people that have given him so much.

EDUCATION

UNIVERSITY OF NORTH DAKOTA
Juris Doctor + Aviation Law Certificate, 2020

NORTH DAKOTA STATE UNIVERSITY
B. A., Political Science

Experience
  • Aviation Law with a focus on Unmanned Aircraft System regulations
  • Business Entity Formation & Planning
  • Business Law
  • Financial Institution Law & Legislation
  • Probate
  • Real Estate Law
  • Secured Transactions
  • Trusts & Estate Planning
  • Trademarks
  • Trade Secrets
Bar Admissions
  • North Dakota State Bar
Activities & Affiliations
  • Big Muddy Bar Association